Nomad

Nomad

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  • Vertical garden
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    Vertical garden
  • Off-the-shelf parts assist in its adaptability
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    Off-the-shelf parts assist in its adaptability
  • From hundreds of small paper models
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    From hundreds of small paper models
  • Mid-semester models, looking at modularity
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    Mid-semester models, looking at modularity
  • User testing
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    User testing
Project Subtitle

Nomad is a portable flat-packed herb planter made from locally sourced reclaimed sailcloth, designed for small city apartments where adaptability is key.

The Inspiration

We identified a problem in the relationship between food and where it comes from. We wanted to develop a product that encourages users to grow edible plants in living spaces that may not seem ideal for growing due to lack of sunlight and limited space.

Stages of Development

Initially we knew we wanted Nomad to be flat-packed and made out of one piece of fabric with limited material waste. We made hundreds of paper models, sticky-taping them all over our walls until we arrived at a form that was functional, beautiful and would create an efficient and wasteless manufacturing process.

The Function

The Nomad planter is designed to optimize the existing conditions in the home in order to grow herbs in environments with limitations of space, shifting sunlight and changing seasons. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be transported to the window for more sunlight or you may choose to only plant one side and hang it on the wall to create a vertical garden.

Nomad is made from scrap boat sails and boat covers. The materials are locally sourced from the post-production waste of sailmakers in the Bronx.

The design is reduced to its essential structural elements creating an efficient manufacturing process that all takes place in New York City and is shipped flat-packed in a 12" x 15" envelope.

Our goal is to celebrate the culture of food and home cooking with access to fresh herbs in the home.

Awards

In the early development of Nomad we received a University James Dyson Award Fund through Parsons.